Prayer and Fasting

At New Life, the new year provides us the opportunity to come together and make a renewed dedication to God through prayer and fasting. Fasting is the practice of temporarily abstaining from something you value and purposely filling that void with a greater focus on God and prayer, in order to seek the Lord for direction and guidance.

Join us each week night for 10 days, beginning on January 15th – January 26th at 7pm at the Smithfield Venue sanctuary. We will come together for worship, prayer and dedicate 2018 to God. We can come expecting God to do the same for us as we fast with an attitude of humility and sincerity.

PRAYER SCHEDULE

Location: Smithfield Campus

Monday, Jan. 15 – Friday, Jan. 19

7:00PM

Monday, Jan. 22 – Friday, Jan. 26

7:00PM

New Life Kids programming available each night.

WHAT IS FASTING?

The discipline of fasting provides the opportunity to immerse ourselves in increased periods of prayer, praise and Bible study. Contemporary Daniel Fasts mirror what’s mentioned in Scripture and recommends only eating:

• Fruits, vegetables and legumes
• Whole grains, nuts and seeds
• Herbs and spices

For more information, check out http://daniel-fast.com/portfolio/foodlist/

When we choose to sacrifice what we would prefer to eat and put our desire for food behind our desire to seek God through prayer, God honors it. This reordering of our priorities draws us closer to God and Him closer to us. We become more attuned to His voice and His direction. This is the amazing benefit of a fast and why it is necessary for Christians to do!

Regardless of the type of Fast you choose, the following are some suggestions for maximizing a fasting experience.

1. Focus.
Keep your focus on your Source, not on what you’re giving up. Allow hunger pangs to serve as a reminder of just how much you really need the Lord in every area of life.

2. Limit distractions.
To hear from God, take inventory of what may be distracting from that same goal. Some music, TV/films and even possibly relationships could be working against the goal and vying for your attention.

3. Listen.
Just as sometimes we forget to listen for the Holy Spirit during prayer, we can also forget to listen during fasting. Now that you’re focused and positioned to hear, stay attentive. Part of the Holy Spirit’s job is to tell us things we don’t know.

Prayer and fasting bring us into a deeper intimacy with God. Come each night expectant and excited at what God will speak to you!